A real-life military character with an inspiring story could be immortalised in a new comic book created by two artists who have worked with Marvel comics in a competition launched by Coronation Street star Antony Cotton.
Corrie actor Antony, who plays Sean Tully in the long-running ITV soap and is a big supporter of military causes, has launched this global competition to find the most inspiring member of the UK military, either serving personnel or a veteran.
The winner with the most inspiring story - as decided by a panel of judges - will be turned into graphic art and immortalised in a unique comic book created by Mike Collins and Ferg Handley, who have both worked on Marvel series including Spectacular Spider-Man, 2000 AD and other UK-based comic book titles such as Commando.
The military has been featured in comics for decades, with long-running titles such as Captain America and DC Thomson's Commando flying off the shelves.
But now, for the first time, one lucky person will have their real-life inspirational story embedded on these iconic pages, and, once they have been written, drawn and created, this exclusive comic will be released for the public to download on forces.net.
The inspiring story can be about an individual who served in the First or Second World War or more modern conflicts. And once created this exclusive comic will be released for public download on forces.net from November 9, to tie in with Remembrance 2018. The winner will also receive their very own hard copy.
Mike Collins, the creator of this comic has been drawing strips for Marvel Comics since the 1980s, with titles including; Spider-Man, Transformers, Doctor Who, and Zoids.
He also worked with DC Thomson on their key titles – Batman, Superman, Flash, Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League.
Writer Ferg Handley has been writing military-related comics for 20 years - including more than 300 scripts for DC Thomson's Commando title.
Antony Cotton, who is an ambassador for the competition, shared his own personal story:
“My inspirational story is that of my close friend Andy Grant. Andy lost his leg as a result of an explosion five months into a tour of Afghanistan. Since then he has climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, learnt to ski, surf and is the fastest man in the world on one leg.
"I was inspired by him not only for refusing to be beaten by his injury, but also for his determination to be bigger, better, stronger and faster than ever before. He is a real life superhero.
"It is so important that we remember the stories of these individuals and this is a fantastic opportunity to make sure one of them lives on forever on the pages of a comic book.”
The competition is open for three weeks from September 5 until September 21 and entries can be submitted in both written word and video format.
The competition will be judged by an expert panel including Antony Cotton, Mike Collins and Ferg Handley, Forces Network CEO Simon Bucks and a representative from the UK Military.
To enter please email your story either as a video or written to firstname.lastname@example.org and the winning story will be created into a comic book, written and illustrated by world-renowned artist Mike Collins (Marvel, DC Comics) and writer Ferg Handley (Commando).
The competition opens on Wednesday, September 5 and closes at midnight (UK time) on September 21 2018.
We want to hear from you with your inspirational military-themed stories. It could be relating to your own experience serving in the armed forces or that of a family member, friend or veteran who has inspired you or had a positive or profound impact on your career or life choices.
Please ensure you have the permission of any person named or identifiable in your story before submitting your entry.
How To Enter
Anyone can enter, however, under 18’s must have permission from a parent or guardian.
Email your inspirational story, in a word, audio or video format (in English) to email@example.com before the closing date.
Include your full name and a telephone number on which we can contact you.
If you are under 18, please provide your age and the name and telephone number of your parent/guardian.
Ferg Handley and Mike Collins will write and illustrate a comic book based on the winning inspirational story, and the winner will receive their own printed copy.
The prize is not transferable and has no cash value.
Anyone entering this competition gives permission for their story to be used by SSVC on any of its media platforms and with third parties for PR / marketing purposes.
We reserve the right to change the names of any characters or locations in your story for privacy, security or artistic reasons.
Picking The Winner
The winning story will be the one that a panel of SSVC representatives like the best.
The Winner Will Be:
- notified by telephone on September 24 2018. If we cannot contact you or you do not respond within 24 hours, we reserve the right to offer the prize to another competition entrant;
- asked to take part in broadcast / online media interviews;
- required to spend up to 8 hours in person or over the phone working with the illustrator and writer to create the comic book.
The personal data in your email will not be shared with 3rd parties, with the exception of the winner whose details may be given to the comics’ writer and illustrator. It will be kept for no more than three calendar months and will then be deleted.
We may contact you by email, before the data is deleted, to invite you to take part in our satisfaction survey.
Entry into this competition implies acceptance of these supplementary rules and our standard competition terms and conditions.